It was a pretty quiet week in Clearwater this week. The team played only four games with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights all getting rained out. In the four they did play they were 2-2 with back-to-back losses to the Cubs (7-4 & 7-2) followed by a win against the Cubs to save a series sweep winning 6-3. On Sunday in their first game of a three game set with the Flying Tigers the team won 9-8 with a ninth inning rally after blowing an early 5-0 lead. Then as mentioned the next three games were washed out with the two against the Flying Tigers being canceled and not to be made up. Continue reading Clearwater Report
Since I’m not planning on doing a mock draft this year (I don’t think), my draft thoughts will come at random more than likely, and so get used to more of this quick posts for consideration. I’ve kind of come up with my initial thought on a guy the Phillies might target. Last week I wrote a quick post throwing 5 random names out there, based on Keith Law’s initial Top 100. Looking more at this list, one guy jumped out at me; Slade Heathcott, a prep outfielder from Texas. You can check out his bio/scouting report from milb.com right here. He ticks off a number of boxes; athletic, toolsy, from Texas (they place a lot of faith in the Texas area guy), and is lauded for his energy/work ethic on the field. He’s had a number of injuries, but looks to be recovered and none of them are long term concerns. This was the line that jumped out at me in his report
He’s an intense competitor who’s only question is about some character issues off the field. The team that gets those questions answered could be the one to take him on Draft Day.
I spoke to one of the people I know, who said that he wasn’t aware of any issues. So I don’t know where this came from. I’m sure Baseball America will have more on him, my PG Crosschecker account expired, so I don’t know where they have him ranked. But he’s a definite name to consider. I mentioned Matt Purke last time as a possible signability guy, and there’s another name to consider along those lines in Jacob Turner, a prep righthander from Missouri. You can read about Purke here, and Turner here.
In Andy Martino’s article today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Charlie Manuel mentioned the possibility of a right handed bat being called up from AAA Lehigh Valley for the weekend series against the Yankees to DH. It seems right now, that John Mayberry is the leading candidate, with a darkhorse candidate being Pablo Ozuna who is coming off a 13 game hitting streak and hitting .298 thus far this year. Ozuna has very good speed and major league experience but is not on the 40 man roster. Mayberry is certainly more of the long ball threat, but his 40 strikeouts in 133 at bats or of concern.
Chance Chapman, who has been fantastic for Clearwater so far this year, going 3-1 with an ERA of 0.77 in 11 appearances was called up to Reading yesterday. Continue reading Daily Discussion